CHILL-OUT SUNDAY THE ELLIS RUGBY WARRINGTON WOLVES RUGBY LEAGUE – JACK FISH BOOK PREVIEW.
Warrington Wolves RL Club. Jack Fish a Rugby League Superstar.
Author – Gary Slater
Gary Slater was born in Warrington in 1961. Five days before Warrington played Leeds in the Championship Final. At Odsal stadium. He watched his first Warrington games on television. Before finally going to Wilderspool for the first game. Aged 10, with his uncle, Derek Hill. It was for a Challenge Cup replay against Castleford in 1972. Warrington won 12 points to 5. Thanks to a try from Brian Brady. He has been a supporter ever since.
Warrington has been to five Challenge Cup Finals at Wembley since then. And Gary has been to them all. Firstly, as a supporter. Secondly, as a journalist with the Warrington Guardian. And The Daily Telegraph.
Inspired by the greats of Warrington Wolves RL Club
His early playing heroes were Alex Murphy and John Bevan. But, he became fascinated by Jack Fish. While researching his second book called Warrington RLFC 100 Greats. Which he co-wrote with photographer Eddie Fuller. It was published in 2000. Reprinted in 2004. And revised and reprinted in 2010.
A third book. So close to Glory, Warrington RLFC 1919 to 1939. This was published by London League Publications Ltd in 2008. Now living in London. Gary has four sons. All of whom are Warrington Wolves RL Club supporters.
Jack Fish a Warrington Wolves RL Club Superstar
Jack Fish was one of Rugby League’s superstars. In the sport’s early years. He was signed by Warrington in 1898,. And soon established himself in the first team. He played in four Challenge Cup Finals. Also, he scored both tries when Warrington beat Hull KR 6–0 in 1905. In addition, he captained the team in 1907 when they beat Oldham 17–3 in the Final.
Incredible points-scoring record for the Wire
As well as playing 321 games for Warrington. He made 16 appearances for Lancashire and was capped three times by England. He scored a phenomenal 215 tries and kicked 262 goals for The Wire. He is still the only player to score 200 tries. And kick 200 goals for Warrington. As well as playing for Warrington, he coached the team that reached the 1928 Challenge Cup Final. He lived in the town until he died in 1940.
This authorized biography is a comprehensive record of Warrington’s first superstar. It also provides a vivid portrait of the club’s early years. This was in the Northern Union, including their move to Wilderspool. It will be of interest to everyone interested in the history of rugby league. Particularly fans of Warrington Wolves Rugby League club.